Letters to the editor (02/01/12)

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Champion of recycling
Editor:
Local letter writer G.E. Nordell attempted to paint a picture of himself in the Dec. 31 issue that reflects only what he wants you to hear.
He’s obviously concerned the county will force him as well as many others to begin paying for trash pickup. Even though I may agree it could cost less, it beats the alternatives, which could be illegal dumping or burning of trash. Now, let’s get to the real reason I’m writing this response.
Unlike Mr. Nordell, I’m a native of New Mexico, born and raised in and around good old Valencia County and I remember the days when trash pickup didn’t exist and people just did what they had done down here for as long as, well, as long as they can remember.
Then trash pickup began and most balked, some complied and some never have.
Mr. Nordell says he really recycles everything, but rest assured when he does, it’s on the back of everyone who pays the price to dispose of one’s own trash.
He claims a lot of things, but one is that every week or so he takes a soccer ball sized bag of trash and disposes it in the trash can where he buys gas, but that’s probably only when he’s not sneaking out to the trash receptacle located next to our mail box area directly across the street from his house and burying his trash underneath the mail trash. I’ve watched him do it, many times.
Mr. Nordell, do you really think it’s appropriate to dump your household trash where we get our mail or where you buy your gas? Do you even remotely think the trash receptacles are there for that purpose?
He also states in his writing that his yard is bare dirt and it is, with a few exceptions. In his front yard, he stores his used cooler pads. In the spring, the tumbleweeds pile up against the east side of his house, which is not only creating a fire hazard for himself, but to his neighbors as well.
I’ve seen them pile up as high as six feet. The same thing happens in his back yard. They pile up against his fences until they’re so high they will blow over into his neighbors’ yards.
He probably looks at this as recycling too. But, I wonder if he’s ever considered what his property looking disheveled and abandoned does to all of his neighbors’ property values. Or how they feel about his weeds and trash contaminating the “greenery” and landscaping on which they labor and he obviously holds in distain?
He then goes on with his three points. In his first point, he’s clearly looking for just another entitlement, because after all, he is a champion and he deserves it.
In his second point, he states Valencia County’s eventual goal should be making available recycling options for the county like Albuquerque’s program, you know the program that very efficiently loses money and has never been effective.
Then last, but not least, there’s No. 3 where he educates us all. The man’s a genius, makes me wonder if the reason the city of Los Angeles has been so successful in recycling could have been because he lead the way.
He must truly be the champion of recycling!

Gary Gibson
Belen

Occupy movement is about social change
Editor:
I would like to invite readers in the Los Lunas and Belen area to a conversation about the future of our country. Much has been reported in the mainstream news about the Occupy movement, and much of it is just plain false.
So if you have formed a negative opinion about the movement, perhaps this is why. Come and find out for yourself.
A group of us has started a small contingent of the movement in our towns. You can find us in Belen every Saturday at 1  p.m. in front of City Hall, and in Los Lunas every Sunday at 1 p.m. at River Park (on Main Street on the east side of the Rio Grande River).
You can find out about us online at www.occupyloslunas.info as well.
While different Occupy contingents may differ on some issues, participants overwhelmingly agree that our political system does not work.  And I think we all agree that the primary causes are: 1. the corrosive effect of legalized bribery in politics; and 2. the arbitrary and false concept that corporations are people.
In addition, votes must be counted accurately and any voting system must be able to handle recounts of individual votes. These are the issues that need to be addressed first, and after these are solved, we can have a genuine and honest conversation about the other problems we face.
In fact, many Tea Party people I’ve talked with support these fundamental requirements as well.
Every major social change for the better in the world has happened only after a critical mass of people are willing to become informed and help advocate for change.
Our house is on fire, and we need everybody to push for reform of these primary issues. The question is whether the state of the union has gotten bad enough for you to become personally  involved, and to talk with your neighbors.
Come out and join us, and help advocate for the change that we all want.
The time is now.
The place is here.
The person your country needs to show up is you.

Paul Kinzelman
Peralta

Americans privileged to pay our taxes
Editor:
Mr. Mowrer’s frightening (to me) response of Jan. 7 possibly highlights a deep seated need to feel religiously persecuted, but I do wish he would seek such fulfillment elsewhere.
I am not a psychiatrist, nor am I in the business of religious persecution, but only a simple seeker and defender of reality as described by verifiable facts and truths.
Just imagine trying to understand Mowrer’s first sentence wherein he accuses me of presenting a “logical fallacy” on the way to his sermon, “… when it comes to the absolute truth of God as revealed in the Bible ….”
Then, to prove his accusation of logical fallacy, he quotes my sentence in which I employ an analogous comparison between the estate/inheritance tax and the biblical Year of the Jubilee — meaning to any normal person: a restoration — socially and economically, etc., into balance, harmony and justice.
Followed by an, I am being persecuted, false witness statement in the objective voice: “Mr. Mehaffey’s intent here is to use a biblical reference to disgrace the integrity of a conservative Christian ….” “Intent?”
Nothing was further from my mind, and here once again Mowrer is caught putting his own imagined words into the mouth and brain of another person — an act of divination/mind reading of which some in history called witchcraft. What next, necromancy?
The attempt to popularize the term “death taxes” to supplant estate/inheritance taxes is worse than the word misnomer describes — the term is a “logical fallacy” and an illusion of the worst order (witchcraft again).
Dig this illogical statement by Mowrer, “But I think most people would agree that if the government can’t function with the revenue it’s collecting from the living, the solution to the situation is not to tax the dead.”
Wow! Just think, Mowrer’s logic suggests that a dead horse can be harnessed to pull a plow or a chicken taken from the stew pot to lay eggs for breakfast.
The estate/inheritance tax is not a tax on the living or the dead, but is a tax on the transfer of unearned income/wealth from one individual or group to another. Yet, if you check the signatures on the tax form it will be from the hand(s) of the living — not the dead — human, horse or chicken.
Note the ease of Mowrer’s false witness, “Mr. Mehaffey defends death taxes, implying that he holds no objection to paying the government two or three times for the blessings they bestow upon us.”
Pray tell, show me where I “defended” the misnomer “death taxes” or “implied” any such other B.S! However, I believe the ability to pay taxes for the privilege of living in the United States, a great secular nation with a separation between government and the historical insanity of religious labeling, killings, inquisitions and oppressions, at least for the most part, is worth every penny.
Then back to Mowrer’s sermon of the Year of the Jubilee, with this funny statement about slavery in biblical times. “(slavery then wasn’t like slavery now).”
Remember the story around the “Exodus” wherein the Jews were delivered from the forced “bondage” by the Egyptians? (That is the very definition of slavery, then and now.) Perhaps he was thinking about Jeremiah 34:9 where it says that one Jew should not hold a brother or sister Jew in “slavery” — but non-Jews — that is another matter!
Plus, the word “slave(s)” appears at least 25 times in the book of Genesis, and I do not remember a single mention of the adjective “voluntary” preceding the word.
I hope Mowrer finds peace, but I also hope he finds someone else to persecute him, and I hope he stops the false quotes/witness and putting his imagination/words into my mouth and brain — it is simply too painful to carry around due my advancing age and, with the associated infirmities and pains already heartily present, I can do without the burden of the paranormal spells associated with Mowrer’s language witchcraft.

Terry Mehaffey
Los Lunas

Some writers may need to go outside
Editor:
Usually, in those relatively few times (that) I write long letters to “opinion,” I try very hard to curb my emotions, or to simply “get an individual’s attention.”
In lieu of my effort, some writers on this page have more to say to a particular individual than most of us would care about. This section of our paper (generously printing citizen opinions), can become “hijacked” by some writers; stating opinions that are better reserved for face-to-face discussions.
In simple terms, many of us are made to feel as if we are peeking into the writers’ living rooms, overhearing arguments and listening-in on private conversations.
The reason I think that affects the rest of us is because the discourses are personal, disagreeable and oft-times mean-spirited.
I intend to ask them in this letter to respect how it makes many of us feel as that group of four or five citizens writes back and forth. Never would I ask that their rights be restricted; however, I think the rest of us should have a place to read about issues that are of greater general interest.
It’s important that they are able to voice their opinions … no one need take that away. I just think that if it’s personal, well, they ought to “take it outside.”
That’s the way it’s done down at the ol’ waterin’ hole …  and everyone knows that happy spot is a bastion of intellectual exchange.
As a matter of fact, why don’t you guys let me buy all of you a beer in that forum? Then take it outside!

F. Guy Glover
Los Lunas